Thursday, 19 June 2008

European Parliament cinema Prize (LUX Prize 2008)

Three films from the official selection (see Annex 1) published last week will be competing for this year's European Parliament cinema Prize - the LUX Prize 2008:

Delta <> (2008, 92')

Germany, Hungary

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó

Le silence de Lorna <> (2008, 105')

Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Italy

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Obcan Havel <>

(Citizen Havel) (2008, 119')

Czech Republic

Directed by Miroslav Janek and Pavel Koutecký

Inaugurated in 2007, the LUX (light) Prize supports the distribution of European films in the European Union.

It will be used to sub-title the winning film in the Union's 23 official languages and to produce one copy per Member State in 35 mm format.

The value of the LUX Prize is estimated at €87,000.

The official selection is drawn up by a 17-strong panel drawn from the highest level of the cinema profession: producers, distributors, cinema operators, festival directors, critics, etc.

The winner will be chosen by Members of the European Parliament, after the
competing films are shown from 15 September to 16 October. The LUX prize will be awarded on 22 October. In 2007, it went to the film "Auf der anderen Seite" by Fatih Akin.

Call For Entries: March 19-27, 2009

Tiburon International Film Festival

"A true United Nations of cinema, showcasing films from around the entire world" VIA Magazine

The 8th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held March19-27, 2009 in Tiburon, California, a showcase for the independent films andfilmmakers from around the world.

Submissions are open to all genres of film: Fiction, documentary, short,animation, experimental, student, children, sports, music video.....from anynation in the world.

TIFF screened more than 200 films from 92 countries in March of 2008 from over 3000 entries.

The festival has honored many great filmmakers: Orson Welles, Sam Pekinpah,Luchino Visconti, Blake Edwards, Santiago Alvarez, John Frankenheimer, GeorgeStevens, Brad Bird, Shirin Neshat, Malcolm McDowell, Saul Zaentz, Paul Mazursky,Mark Rydell, Bob Rafelson.....

The Tiburon International Film Festival is proud to be a platform for theindependent filmmakers from around the world, with premieres like Academy Awardwinner "West Bank Story" by Ari Sandel, and Academy Award nominee "Salim Baba" byTimothy Sternberg .... and many films, which have been picked up for distribution.... and or invited to other festivals after premiering at TIFF.

Golden Reel Award

The films submitted to the Tiburon International Film Festival are eligible to winthe "Golden Reel Award" in several categories: Best Fiction, Best Documentary, BestDirector, Best Screenplay, Best Short, Best Animation, Best Children Film, BestStudent Film, Best Music Video, Best Sport Film .....and the winners of allcategories will be announced during a formal ceremony at the end of the Festival.

Entry Information:Entry form and eligibility guidelines are available by clicking here, or on thefestival website under Submit Films.

TIFF Blog:


DepicT! - the ultra-short film competition now in its tenth year ­ offersemerging filmmakers the opportunity to gain priceless industry exposure fortheir filmmaking talent at this year¹s Encounters International Short FilmFestival (Bristol, Tue 18 ­ Sun 23 Nov).The Competition is now accepting entries online at


Film4 have agreed a further one-year deal with FrightFest to remain the horror and fantasy film festival’s headline sponsor for the third year running. 2009 will be the 10th year anniversary year for the UK’s premiere genre event and the partnership will further expand with major on-air and off-air initiatives. The deal for this year’s event (Odeon West End, Aug 21-25) will include a proposed late night FrightFest season on Film4, on-air trails across all four channels, a fully supported website and a tie-up with Channel 4’s new initiative, Generation Next.

Katie Hayes, Marketing Manager Drama, Acquisitions and Film4, says: “Film4 is delighted to continue its sponsorship of Frightfest. We remain committed to the genre through our strand Saturday Night Shocks and through this festival. Film4 Frightfest is also the perfect place to discover and show new talent both in front of and behind the camera”.

Alan Jones, joint director of FrightFest added: “"FrightFest is committed to showcasing new talent and trends, giving our audiences the full range of exciting discovery within the genre they love. We showcase the names to watch well before they appear on anyone else's radar. Film4’s forward-looking thinking in cinematic and production areas mean we are the perfect fit".

This year British horror is given the thumbs-up as Eden Lake is chosen as the Opening night film and will receive its world premier on Thursday Aug 21. Distributed by Optimum Releasing, Eden Lake is destined to be one of the most controversial British movies of the year. The ‘hoodie horror’ is directed by first-timer James Watkins, and stars Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Othello at the Donmar Warehouse) and Michael Fassbender (300, Hunger) as a holidaying couple who cross paths with a gang of local kids – with chilling consequences.

The five-day festival, which showcases over 25 new films from across the world, is seen as the UK’s leading genre event; helping to launch the careers of directors such as Christopher Smith
(Creep, Severance), Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) and Simon Hunter (Mutant Chronicles).

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